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Review: Winter Halo – Keri Arthur (2016, urban fantasy, Outcast 2)

Review: Winter Halo – Keri Arthur (2016, urban fantasy, Outcast 2)Author: Keri Arthur
Title: Winter Halo
Series: Outcast #2
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 339
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels comes the second in the futuristic fantasy series that will make you want to keep the lights on...

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....

The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.

The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.

Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself...
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Beneath a Rising Moon, Memory Zero, Generation 18, Penumbra, Fireborn, City of Light
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to sexual content.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Welcome to Jennifer’s review of WINTER HALO!

The book falls into more than one genre. It contains elements of urban fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, mystery, and romance.

I recommend that you read the books in order. Book one, CITY OF LIGHT, has loose ends that are picked up on in WINTER HALO. Even though Keri Arthur does a good job of providing the reader with enough information to jump into the series, I think it is better to read them both instead of just book two.

WINTER HALO is an excellent continuation of the story begun in CITY OF LIGHT. Tiger, her ghosts, Jacob and Nuri continue to try to find the missing children. To do so, they must determine what the company Winter Halo has to do with the false rifts, the wraiths, the missing children, and women who are being attacked in their building. Tiger has to infiltrate the company to figure it out.

I really enjoyed reading WINTER HALO. It’s fast paced, packed with plenty of action, and includes just enough romance to keep me wondering if Jacob and Tiger will overcome their differences to be together. I also love the world Keri Arthur created. It is easy to visualize and understand.

My only complaint is that there is a lot of repetitive words. I became annoyed by the overuse of former, latter, and the expression nigh on impossible. When words are repeated so frequently, it makes the reader more conscious of the author. My thoughts strayed from the story too much because I kept thinking about the same words being used over and over, even in dialogue. When one of the ghost children said “latter,” it seemed very unnatural. It’s not a common word to be used in conversation, especially by a child.

Overall, though, I think this is a five-star book. I will definitely read more books in the Outcast series as they come out. I strongly recommend it to readers who like a mixture of elements in the books they read, such as monster-like vampires, psychic powers that are strongest during sex, shapeshifting sexy men, experiments on children, and genetically engineered supersoldiers.


About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.

(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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